Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm / Updated at 10:53 pm
UNO scores winning run in 11th inning to knock off Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — UNO scored in some unusual ways Wednesday in earning its second win of the season, 10-9 over Minnesota in 11 innings at the Metrodome.

The Mavericks scored when Clayton Taylor stole home in the fourth inning, and Alex Mortensen scored when Ryan Keele grounded into a double play in the sixth.

But the Mavs (2-7) finally won it as they broke a 9-9 tie in the top of the 11th when Keele doubled to right center to drive home Caleb Palensky.

Minnesota threatened in the bottom of the inning, but the game ended when Palensky, UNO's shortstop, made a diving stop of a grounder up the middle.

Steven Schoonover (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings to get the win. Zach Williamsen allowed three hits over six innings of relief to keep UNO close.

UNO pounded out 15 hits, while Minnesota had 14. Taylor finished 3 for 3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk. Alex Mortensen went 3 for 6 with a pair of runs scored and another driven in.

Keele, Brett Bass and Cole Gruber each had two hits, and Keele scored twice and drove in two runs.

UNO jumped to an early lead as Gruber hit a two-run single to center to cap a three-run second. But Minnesota responded with five runs on six hits in the bottom of the frame.

The Gophers added three runs in the third, highlighted by Matt Halloran's two-run homer to right, pushing their lead to 8-3.

The Mavericks responded by loading the bases with no outs in the fourth. Mortensen sent a single through the left side to score Gruber, and Taylor dropped a single into center to score Bass. Keele then drove in Mortensen and Tyler Splichal with a two-run single, and Taylor stole home, knotting the game at 8-8.

UNO regained the lead in the sixth as Mortensen crossed the plate on Keele's double play ground ball. Minnesota tied the game in the eighth when Michael Handel homered to left.

UNO (2-7) ........................... 030 501 000 01—10 15 1

Minnesota (11-6) ........................... 053 000 010 00— 9 14 2

W: Schoonover (1-0). L: Soule (0-1). 2B: Keele (1), Palensky (1), Handel (4), Halloran (4). HR: Henkemeyer (1), Handel (2), Halloran (1).

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